Students energized with African Student Association first ‘Olympics’

Hellen Akinyi
Staff Writer

Students from the African Student Association had an African-themed Olympics at the Myers Field House over the weekend.

Various activities like ping pong, soccer, track and basketball were planned. Each team had to be registered before they were allowed to participate in the games. The event did attract various students from various schools in the state who also came and participated in it.

They kicked off the games with a basketball tournament, since they had more basketball teams and had to make sure they got to play each other and pick the best. The event was one of the many that ASA has planned, and according to most of the members, they hoped it was going to be the first of the ones they planned.

There was quite a turnout, especially with the teams. Some of the Minnesota State University, Mankato students who participated in the Olympics also represent the university in the sports. 

For instance, Makayla, who is on the track, participated in track with some of her team members and emerged winners. The other teams, too, had other students from the university team participate in, which was really great to see. As much this was more of a friendly event, the professionalism of the athletes added the competitive touch to it and made the sports interesting to see. This also made sure that they did participated with the rules, and provided a free and fair environment for the games.

Prizes included trophies, medals and cash prizes.

The day was meant for the ASA students to be able to interact with each other, meet new people and have fun while meeting new people. By the end of the day, most participates were exhausted, considering most of them made the teams with their friends to make the experience worth it. 

The event coordinators of ASA, Eniola Quadri and her deputy Victoria Tidjani, were excited on how the event turned out and hoped for a better and bigger ASA Olympics next year. 

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